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January 8, 2003

AIA Chapter
Contact: John Hermannsson
(650) 364-8016 or

County of San Mateo Public Works
Contact: Jill Boone, Resource Conservation Programs Manager
(650) 599-1433 or

Sustainable San Mateo County
Contact: Ricki McGlashan
(650) 344-8341 or


(San Mateo County) Two projects have been selected to receive the first San Mateo County Green Building Awards in recognition of outstanding sustainable construction at a special ceremony on February 4 at the South San Francisco Conference Center.

The award, developed by Sustainable San Mateo County, the County of San Mateo RecycleWorks Green Building Program and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Mateo Chapter, honors the owners, designers, and builders of buildings that are leaders in environmentally sensitive construction. Buildings were judged on their use of green building materials and the conservation of energy, water, and natural resources.

One of the Green Building Awards went to Leslie Shao-ming Sun Field Station at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, owned by Stanford University, designed by architect Rob Wellington Quigley, San Diego and built by W.L. Butler Construction, Inc., Redwood City.

"The Jasper Ridge Field Station demonstrates that beauty and environmental responsiveness can go hand in hand. The building form responds to daylighting and photovoltaics in a fresh and harmonious way," said David Schnee, one of three judges and a local architect with Group 4 Architecture Research + Planning.

"The extensive use of salvaged materials such as bricks from Jane Leland Stanford's residence and the bathroom partitions from the old chemistry building give this very new design a timeless link to the past," said Schnee.

The other Green Building Award recognizes the home addition and office renovation designed and built by Eric Joustra and owned by Joustra and Paulien Strijland of Menlo Park. The project took the energy usage from 48% above Title 24 requirements to 6% below and incorporated passive solar technology.

"The materials, such as the metal roof and siding, lend themselves to design elements that support the original design. From wood to metal, the recycled and resource efficient features are a major component in the greening of the building," said Richard Conrad, an architect in the State Architects Office, who also served as a judge.

Two other projects received recognition from the AIA Chapter including the Hewlett Foundation Headquarters, which is the first building in California to attain a Gold LEED rating by the US Green Building Council, and a home belonging to Heyward Robinson and Joanna Mountain.

"The Green Building Award was developed to bring attention to the innovative design and construction techniques that push forward the concept that buildings do not need to impact the environment and community. These four outstanding projects inspire others to apply green principles to their own projects," said John Hermannsson, AIA Chapter.

More information on green building in general and local green buildings can be found at in the green building section.

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